Highlanders on the move in Freeway League, Division 2AA

With five freshmen and just two seniors, this could have been a rebuilding season for La Habra High’s girls basketball team.
Instead, the Highlanders will finish second in the Freeway League and find themselves ranked in the latest CIF-SS Division 2AA poll.
La Habra, which starts up to three freshmen at a time, will take a 7-2 Freeway League record into Thursday’s regular-season finale at Buena Park (0-9). Its only league losses have come against Troy (21-5, 9-0), ranked No. 5 in Division 1AA, and there isn’t a single player on the roster averaging more than 10 points per game.
“This team is built on working together, and they have really great chemistry,” said fourth-year coach Jim Bohn. “Each night it’s somebody different stepping up, and the team rallies around that.”
Last season, there was a huge dropoff from leading scorers Allyson O’Brien (22.0) and Amy Wilbourn (11.9) to the rest of the lineup. This year, freshman Emma Zener leads the team at 9.8 points and is closely followed by senior Megan Chancellor (8.9), junior Lizette Martinez (7.7) and senior Kaili Peko.
“It’s a well-balanced attack,” Bohn said.
Bohn credited a tough nonleague schedule with strengthening his young team in December, when the Highlanders struggled to a 7-8 record. After going 1-3 at a San Diego-area holiday tournament, La Habra opened league play with a pair of victories on the road. It is now ranked No. 16 in the Division 2AA poll.
The Highlanders will learn their playoff fate when the pairings are released Sunday.

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